Trump impeachment report released: what the president is accused of
The Intelligence Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, December 3, published a report on the case of a possible impeachment of US President Donald Trump. Writes about it "Voice of America".
It collects information regarding Trump's actions in Ukraine, which led to an investigation initiated by the Democratic Party. The draft report was written as a result of a joint investigation conducted over the past three months by intelligence, surveillance, and reform and foreign affairs committees.
The report does not contain charges against the president: it presents facts and circumstances that, according to the authors of the investigation, demonstrate that “President Trump used his power to pressure Ukraine” in his own political interests. In addition, the authors of the report argue that after the general public became aware of the actions taken by Trump, the president tried to "organize unprecedented obstacles" to justice in order to "hide his wrongdoings," writes Voice of America.
Members of the Legal Committee of the House of Representatives will decide on the issue of charges against the president that could lead to his removal from power (the so-called impeachment articles).
"President Trump's scheme has undermined US foreign policy towards Ukraine and undermined our national security in favor of two politically motivated investigations that would help his re-election campaign," the document says. We are talking about an investigation into the son of Trump's likely rival in the next presidential election, former US President Joe Biden-Hunter, who worked for the Ukrainian company Burisma, as well as about Ukraine's likely interference in the US elections in 2016, writes DW.
The report details the story of Trump's possible pressure on Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and the provision of military assistance in exchange for initiating an investigation against Hunter Biden.
“President Trump and his senior officials may see nothing wrong with using the powers of the presidential office to pressure a foreign country to help in the presidential re-election campaign (...) However, the Founding Fathers prescribed measures for a leader who puts his own interests above the interests of the country: impeachment ", - the document says.
The investigation against Trump began after the content of his telephone conversation with Zelensky on July 25 became known. However, this conversation was neither the beginning nor the end of Trump's attempts to change US foreign policy, but rather a “dramatic crescendo” during the months-long campaign, the report notes. It also reports that Trump and members of his administration have repeatedly tried to obstruct the investigation, and it is still pending.
On Tuesday evening, December 3, the House Intelligence Committee approved a draft investigation report on a possible impeachment of President Donald Trump. 13 members of the Committee voted "for", 9 - "against" the document. The report will now be forwarded to the Judicial Committee of the Lower House of Congress, which will continue the procedure related to the possible indictment of the US President.
White House Reaction
The White House called the investigation process “one-sided and falsified,” saying the Democrats were unable to provide evidence of the offenses committed by the president.
“As a result of the one-sided rigged trial, Chairman Schiff and the Democrats have been completely unable to provide any evidence of the wrongdoing by President Trump. This report reflects nothing but their despair. Chairman Schiff's report sounds like the bullshit of a basement blogger trying to prove something for which there is no evidence, ”said Stephanie Grisham, a White House spokesman, in a statement.
Statement by Democratic Senator Koons
Senate Judiciary Chris Koons also made a statement on the US House Intelligence Committee's report on Tuesday. In his opinion, the report shows that "the president clearly deliberately misused his power to put pressure on Ukraine to investigate his political opponent - and for this he used foreign aid money as a bribe."
Thus, the Democratic senator believes that this is not just about a phone call from the head of the White House, but about an “organized, coordinated campaign of the president and his entourage to put pressure on Ukraine to help him achieve re-election.”
Koons expressed the hope that the Senate, in which the Republicans represent the majority today, will be faithful to the Constitution and will treat the impeachment investigation with the “seriousness it deserves.”
The reaction of the Republicans: “The President has not done anything illegal”
Representatives of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives negatively assessed the results of the Democratic impeachment investigation. On Friday evening, November 29, a press conference was held on Capitol Hill, which was attended by Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican Minority House Secretary Steve Skaliz, Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney and Doug Collins, Republican Chief Justice Committee lower house of congress.
Liz Cheney accused the Democrats of single-handedly leading the investigation process, independently making decisions on calling witnesses to the hearings and drawing their own conclusions without consulting representatives of another party.
“The impeachment process is dragging on slowly and without any direction, without focus, because the Democrats have one big problem. And the big problem is that the president hasn't done anything illegal. And they can't prove anything, "said Doug Collins.
Kevin McCarthy reminded reporters that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, demanded to provide "convincing, stunning and certified by both parties" evidence of Trump's possible offenses so that they could be put to a vote on impeachment.
“These are the three criteria set out by the speaker ... for the continuation of what should happen this week. All three of these criteria she set out were not met - none of them. There is nothing convincing, nothing overwhelming ... And the only bipartisan vote that took place in the House of Representatives during the investigation showed a lack of desire to continue the impeachment investigation, ”McCarthy said.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- On September 20, the congressmen became interested in a telephone conversation between President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky and US President Donald Trump as part of an investigation into whether Trump and his lawyer Rudolf Giuliani tried put pressure on Ukraine in order to help Trump's election campaign in 2020 year.
- Democrats announce formal request for US impeachment, which was triggered by a conversation between Ukrainian and American leaders.
- US Department of State published conversation transcript President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky and President of the United States Donald Trump.
- 9 October in the White House officially announced refusal to cooperate with the investigation on the possibility of declaring impeachment to US President Donald Trump, which is held by Democrats in the House of Representatives. The presidential administration considers these accusations to be "baseless" and "unconstitutional."
- 31 October US House of Representatives approved the resolutionaccording to which the investigation into the possibility of impeachment to US President Donald Trump goes to the public stage.
- 13 November US House of Representatives launched an open hearing as part of an investigation into impeachment against President Donald Trump. 10 TV channels broadcast the meeting, 13,8 million Americans watched this broadcast.
- Spotlight on second hearing there were testimonies Marie Jovanovic, former US ambassador to Ukraine. Jovanovic was sent resigned as head of the US diplomatic mission in Kiev in May. Democrats claim that Jovanovic became a victim campaign organized by Rudi Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer.
- 19 November at the House Intelligence Committee have spoken Jennifer Williams, Alexander Windman, Kurt Walker and Tim Morrison.
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